Finance Dept’s report seeks probe against Kerala Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas

Jacob Thomas may also be asked to step down from the post of Vigilance director till the inquiry is completed, the report said.

Finance Dept’s report seeks probe against Kerala Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked the director general of prosecution (DGP) to look into the legal aspects of a report prepared by the Finance Department against Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas.

The report prepared by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) KM Abraham alleged that Jacob Thomas committed gross irregularities during his tenure as Ports director. The report was submitted to the chief minister by chief secretary SM Vijayanand weeks ago. Abraham himself is facing a vigilance probe into alleged wealth accumulation and had complained to Vijayan against a vigilance raid on his house a few months ago.


The chief secretary recommended an inquiry by two or three senior and efficient police officers supported by technical experts.

Jacob Thomas may also be asked to step down from the post of Vigilance director till the inquiry is completed, the report said.

The report listed out as many as 28 violations in the tender procedure. It said the government incurred a loss of Rs 14.96 crore through a purchase, while the selected bidder received a gain of Rs 2.67 crore.

Thomas is accused of financial irregularities worth Rs 15 crore, mainly with regard to purchase of a dredger.

IAS officers in Kerala had last month threatened to go on one-day mass casual leave to protest against vigilance cases against bureaucrats Paul Antony, Tom Jose and Abraham. The bureaucrats had to rethink after Vijayan took exception to their proposed protest. Thomas had been the target of the IAS officers’ ire.

A petition filed in the high court had sought corruption probe against Thomas a few months back. The government had supported Thomas saying that the allegations were baseless and had been probed earlier.

Another petition was filed in the Vigilance Court in Muvattupuzha seeking probe against Thomas last week. The government reiterated the allegations were baseless while the court directed the petitioner to produce more evidence.

CPM veteran V S Achuthanandan called Vijayanand’s recommendation vindictive.

He wrote to Vijayan saying that a section of bureaucrats was trying to shield corrupt officials. “When IAS officer K Padmakumar was arrested in connection with multi-crore corruption at Malabar Cements, the Chief Secretary had taken an approach to protect the official,’’ he wrote.